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The Sixth Environmental Action Plan

We of Toshiba Group have formulated the Environmental Action Plan to achieve our long-term environmental vision. In this plan, we specify detailed areas of activity as well as set and manage targets. Since we formulated our first Environmental Action Plan in 1993, we have reviewed the areas of activity and the scope of governance every few years. In the ongoing Sixth Environmental Action Plan (activity period: FY2017–2020), we have set targets for 15 areas in the Business category (promoting initiatives to reduce environmental impacts in product/service lifecycles) and the Management category (promoting basic activities that support business initiatives). We will further refine our activities in line with these targets to achieve our long-term vision and to help resolve climate change and various other social issues.

In FY2019, we achieved all of our targets in all 15 areas of activities, making progress in each category. We will continue our activities with the goal of achieving our targets for FY2020, which is the final year of the plan, and prepare for the Seventh Environmental Action Plan, which will begin in FY2021.

[Image] Developing Strategies in Two Areas: Business and Management

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Toshiba Group's Sixth Environmental Action Plan

■ Business
Activity area Activity content FY2019 FY2020
Target Result Evaluation Goal
Reducing environmental impacts in manufacturing Reduction of total greenhouse gas emissions*1 1.61 million t-CO2 1.14 million t-CO2 Achieved 1.66 million t-CO2
We reduced greenhouse emissions by actively implementing energy-saving and production efficiency improvement measures at each site.
Improvement of total energy-derived CO2 emissions per unit activity
(Compared to FY2013 level)
94% 93% Achieved 92%
We reduced energy-derived CO2 emissions per unit activity by actively implementing energy-saving and production efficiency improvement measures at each site.
Reduction of waste volumes*2 51,000 t 35,000 t Achieved 52,000 t
We improved production processes as well as fully and thoroughly sorted waste at the time of discharge to generate more value from waste, thus reducing the volume disposed of.
Improvement of the total volume of waste generated per unit production
(Compared to FY2013 level)
97% 80% Achieved 96%
We improved production processes and reduced the total volume of waste generated per unit production.
Improvement of the amount of water received per unit production
(Compared to FY2013 level)
97% 87% Achieved 96%
We improved production processes and promoted recycling of wastewater to reduce the amount of water received per unit production.
Reduction of the total amount of chemicals discharged per unit production
(Compared to FY2013 level)
97% 59% Achieved 96%
We reassessed production processes and promoted use of alternative substances to reduce the total amount of chemicals discharged.
Improving environmental performance of products and services Increased reduction of CO2 emissions(cumulative total) Power supply*3 16.1 million t-CO2 16.21 million t-CO2 Achieved 16.3 million t-CO2
We worked to develop and spread a wide range of energy technologies.
Power consumption*4 4.9 million t-CO2 5.48 million t-CO2 Achieved 6.3 million t-CO2
We expanded our lineup of products and services that offer enhanced energy efficiency.
Increased amount of resources saved (cumulative total) 270,000 t 300,000 t Achieved 380,000 t
We significantly reduced resource consumption of products in all business areas.
Increased amount of recycled resources (recycled plastics) used (cumulative total) 2,280 t 2,636 t Achieved 3,000 t
We continue to use recycled plastics in MFPs, industrial air conditioners, etc.
Reduction of specified chemical substances contained in products
Using alternative materials for four phthalates*5 or identifying alternates for all products by July 2019
We completed the substitution of four phthalates used in regulated products for the European market. Achieved Activities will be continued.
■ Management
Activity area Activity content FY2019 FY2020
Result Evaluation Goal
Ensuring of environmental risk compliance Enhancement of compliance with global environmental regulations and human resource development
  • Reviewing of measures to ensure compliance with global environmental regulations
  • Enhancement of local networks of environmental human resources at overseas production sites
  • We strengthened our compliance by gathering information on laws and regulations around the world, sharing such information via meetings, and implementing human resource development measures.
  • We strengthened compliance at production sites by holding meetings of personnel in charge of environmental affairs in China and using actual cases of legal violations as examples to discuss how to prevent recurrence.
Achieved Activities will be continued.
Environmental communication Improvement of information disclosure
  • Improvement of reporting based on external requirements
  • We received the Bronze Prize at the ESG Finance Awards presented by Japan's Ministry of the Environment for our ESG information disclosure activities.
Achieved Activities will be continued.
Development of networks with stakeholders
  • Enhancement of communication with customers through Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition and education program at Toshiba Science Museum
  • Enhancement of communication with local communities by implementing Global Environmental Action at our sites worldwide
Achieved Activities will be continued.
Conservation of biodiversity Contributions to Aichi Targets
  • Choosing 10 of the 20 Aichi Targets as Toshiba goals to develop measures at our sites worldwide
We carried out activities to achieve the Aichi Targets at 63 sites worldwide. Achieved Activities will be continued.
Note:
Values related to the energy consumption required for manufacturing (nominal production amounts, number of products manufactured, number of persons, total floor area, etc.) are used for basic-unit goals for greenhouse gas emissions. For waste, water, and chemical substances, volume-based nominal outputs are used as an indicator for basic-unit goals that allows appropriate assessment.
*1
For the CO2 emission coefficients for electricity, emission coefficients provided by each power company are used.
*2
Obtained by deducting the volume of objects with value from the total volume of waste generated (excluding the sites engaged in waste treatment and power generation)
*3
Reductions in emissions from products and services associated with power supply such as power plants. The calculation method is as follows:
For thermal power, compare with average CO2 emissions per unit of electricity for the same fuel type; for renewable energy, compare with CO2 emissions per unit of electricity for average thermal power of all types. Acquired the cumulative total amount of CO2 emission reductions through power generation in FY2017 onward due to newly installed or upgraded facilities.
*4
Reductions in emissions from products and services associated with power consumption such as social infrastructure products. The calculation method is as follows:
[CO2 emissions of assumed substitute products − CO2 emissions of shipped products] (Compares emissions per year during the usage stage and cumulates emissions for half the expected number of years of use)
*5
Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, butyl benzyl phthalate, di-n-butyl phthalate, and diisobutyl phthalate. These substances are used mainly as plasticizers for plastics (e.g., cable coatings) and there is some concern about their effects on the human body.

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